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Mandarin immersion school list

Please find below a list of current programs as of November 2022. There are now 380 schools that I’m aware of in the United States which have Mandarin immersion programs, with six more that will begin within the next four years. Several of the new ones are middle or high school programs continuing after elementary.

And special thanks to districts that list the schools where their programs will go in sixth and twelfth grade. It’s often impossible to find this out on many district websites.

This list is available to those using it for non-commercial purposes (i.e. parents to find schools and academics to do research.) If you are interested in using it for your business, please contact me at immersioneducation (at) gmail (dot) com. I have it available with school addresses and phone numbers.

To see the list, click on this link: Mandarin immersion schools in the United States and abroad. There are also tabs at the bottom for international programs and Cantonese programs.

As always, please tell me if you know of a school that’s not listed here and should be, or one whose listing contains errors. I strive to keep the list as up-to-date as possible but don’t always hear about new schools or changes.

Please note that the list doesn’t include preschools, only elementary, middle and high schools.

I use the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) definition of immersion. This is that at least 50% of the day in elementary school is taught in Mandarin and that academic subjects are taught in Mandarin, not simply that Mandarin is taught. Though I include a couple of schools that to triple immersion, using English, Mandarin and a third language.

Note that the 50% rule only applies to K-5 schools. For middle and high school programs, they simply need to be continuations of an elementary school immersion program. Most offer one or two classes per day or Mandarin immersion students, so typically 20% or 30% of the day is taught in Mandarin.

In the column listing grades offered, 0 = Kindergarten. That way it’s easier to sort by grade, Excel didn’t know what to do with K’s. So 0 – 5 means the school offers immersion in Kindergarten through fifth grade.


Elizabeth Weise, author, A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion

immersioneducation (at) gmail (dot) com


If your school is not listed, or is listed incorrectly,

Please refer to the list of questions below. Answer as many of them as you can and email me and I’ll update the list. If you don’t know all the answers, don’t worry. I’d rather list a school even with a few boxes empty!

School Name

School District name





Grades at school


Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool)

Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English.

Whole school or strand within a school?

Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if the word for school is written as 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]

Website address.

Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)

202 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2012 5:00 pm

    I read with interest the article in the Wall Street Journal which lead me to this website and your listing of Chinese immersion schools.

    My children attended the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, Each of my daughters studied at CIS for 14 years. As Eurasians, half Chinese / half British, born and educated in Hong Kong and having both obtained the International Baccularete after graduating high school, both were offered places at prestigious universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For their own reasons, possibily to discover their British heritage, both elected to do their undergraduate degrees in Britain. Whilst my youngest daughter is about to start the last year of her degree, my eldest daughter who completed her post graduate studies is now an attorney (solicitor) based in Hong Kong for an international law firm.

    There are now several international (private fee paying school) schools in Hong Kong which follow the CIS model of full teaching in dual language, rather than offering Chinese as a second or third language. CIS celebrated it’s 25th anniversary a few years ago and whilst you are all embarking upon a challenging and difficult route for your children, it is a rewarding one and one with a very positive future for your children as the Hong Kong (and other similar schools through out Asia) experience shows.

    • Adam permalink
      May 29, 2018 1:17 pm

      It’s very thoughtful of you to take the time to encourage other parents and thus children. Thank you.

  2. dan permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:19 pm

    Also add All Soul’s Catholic School in Alhambra, CA

  3. Amy permalink
    March 18, 2013 11:25 am

    Beaufort County School District, SC. has K-3 at Broad River Elementary School and 1-3 at Hilton Head Island Elementary School.

  4. July 24, 2013 10:05 pm

    Don’t forget to add – under international – Calgary, AB

    • elizabethweise permalink*
      July 28, 2013 2:57 pm


      • September 3, 2016 8:03 am

        Add Camelot Academy in Orange Ca
        Preschool to 6 th grade immersion in mandarin
        3 rd and up all do violin Latin great books all kids in choir

        Uses Shahghai Math ,Meizhou Chinese, world history is taught in Chinese
        Chinese Great books

  5. Hua Yang permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:09 pm

    Please correct information for Yu Ming Charter School.

    1. It has approval from Alameda County, not belonging to Alameda unified school district
    2. Address is wrong. Correct address is 1086 Alcatraz Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608


  6. gpnasc permalink
    February 12, 2014 1:38 pm

    Palm Bay Academy Charter School in Florida has a K-5 program
    Immersion Elementary K through 5
    1464 Troutman Boulevard
    Palm Bay, FL 32905
    ph: 321.723.4218 fax: 321.953.5160

    • elizabethweise permalink*
      February 22, 2014 10:35 am

      According to their website, they only teach an hour and a half a day of Chinese, which becomes less in grades 4 and up, and they don’t teach content in Chinese. This would make them a FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program, but not immersion. I’ll call the school to confirm.

  7. April 1, 2014 8:09 pm

    Full Immersion School in Shanghai
    School Name – Montessori Children’s Academy
    Address- 56 Ling Shan Road /2000 Lane
    City-200136 Shanghai / China
    Phone- +86 21 5074 5472
    1,8 – 7 years
    Established in 2005
    100% Mandarin per day
    5 Full immersion Mandarin classes, 1 full immersion English class
    We teach simplified characters

  8. Marty Feeny permalink
    April 16, 2014 9:12 pm

    Does anyone know of good immersion programs in Hong Kong other than Chinese International School (CIS), ISF and Singapore International School?


    • Steve Tennant permalink
      May 3, 2014 5:21 pm

      Besides the ones that you have listed, there are also:

      Hong Kong Academy

      The Canadian International School (perhaps not fully immersive but the Mandarin programme is well respected)

      Kiangsu & Chekiang

      Victoria Shanghai Academy

      Yew Chung International School (I understand they have campuses in North America)

      For those who may not be familiar with the three schools that you have mentioned, I also list those below. My two daughter went from Reception to Year 13 at Chinese International School and it more than achieved what we sought for our girls in terms of bi and tri lingual education. Having completed University studies overseas, both have chosen to return to Hong Kong where they are working professionals.

      Chinese International school

      The ISF Academy

      The Singapore International School

      There are other schools which offer Mandarin programmes, but the above are probably the most immersive. Hong Kong, because of its relatively high expatriate population has many other international schools offering education in German, French, Norwegian, etc.

      • October 10, 2017 10:59 pm

        YCIS, a part of the Yew Chung Education Foundation with an 85-year history in Hong Kong, only has one campus in the US in Silicon Valley.

      • March 27, 2019 8:09 pm

        I recently found another good resource for advocacy and education.

    • Nathan Congdon permalink
      May 14, 2014 2:29 am

      Yes: You want the Suzhe School. My kids both attended for years when we lived in HK, and it prepared them well for public schools in China. It is on HK Island:

      Good luck!

  9. Thor permalink
    May 16, 2014 7:52 pm

    Why aren’t Chinese language immersion schools in China included? There are several good ones.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 17, 2014 6:30 am

      No one has sent me a list and as I don’t live there it’s difficult to gather the information. Would you like to help create one?

  10. Erin Sweeney permalink
    July 20, 2014 5:23 pm

    Please add-

    Kensington Elementary and Marvin Elementary, both in Waxhaw, NC
    Union County Public Schools, Union County, NC
    Program is K-5 at each school, but currently K-2 and K-1.
    Started in 2012 at Marvin and 2013 at Kensington.
    Day is 90/10 to 75/25 (Mandarin/English)
    Strand within the school. One classroom per grade.
    24 students in Kindergarten classes.
    Mandarin is the only immersion language in these schools. Other schools in district offer Spanish immersion
    Offered thru/with VIF Splash immersion out of Chapel Hill, NC.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      July 21, 2014 9:23 am

      Yup, they’re on the list. Though I had Marvin Elementary in Marvin, NC as that’s what the school’s website says. Is it not in the town of Marvin?

      • Heather Tadrissi permalink
        March 7, 2015 11:31 am

        It is in the town of Marvin. Thank you!

  11. August 14, 2014 8:43 am

    The new website for the maps is please check it out!

  12. November 4, 2014 10:59 pm

    Please add a new mandarin immersion school in Redwood City,CA. The program will start next school year 2015. The enrollment begins Sat 11/8. Please visit for enrollment details. We welcome every family whether you reside in Redwood City school district or not.
    School Name: John Gill School

    School District name: Redwood City scholl district

    Address: 555 Avenue Del Ora

    City: Redwood City



    Grades at school: K-5 (possibly TK)

    Public/private/charter?: public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): Fall 2015

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English.: K-1 80% 20%

    Whole school or strand within a school?
    : strand within a school
    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]: Simplified

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade.: Expected 2 classroom / grades depending on the enrollment.

    One-way or two-way immersion?

    Website address.:

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.): N/A

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium?

  13. Richard Aunkst permalink
    February 12, 2015 9:52 am

    My wife is a Chinese national (from Xinjiang). She is currently enrolled at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, Her major is Math Education. She is a junior with a GPA of 3.92. We are looking for scholarship / grant help as she doesn’t qualify for normal grants and scholarships due to her not being a US citizen.
    When she graduates, she will be certified to teach Math (5-adults), Chemistry, and Chinese. She will be looking for a teaching position. We are more than willing to relocate.
    Any ideas?

    • Stephanie permalink
      June 21, 2015 3:23 am

      Our elementary school, located in Laguna Niguel, CA, is always looking for teachers since our program is relatively new and continues to grow each year. We are in the Capo Unified School District and you can look them up to see what their hiring process is.

  14. Mai-Lon Wong permalink
    February 12, 2015 10:12 am

    To Richard Aunkst, I am the principal of a K-6 Dual Language Immersion School in Arizona. We are looking for a Chinese side teacher to teach math, science and Mandarin Language Arts for 2015-16 school year. It would be a second grade position. If your wife would be interested please email me at:

  15. Deborah Rocha permalink
    March 18, 2015 7:47 am

    Hi!!!! My son is in first grade now and he started mandarin immersion in KG in San Diego. We are moving to Alburqueque New Mexico and I need information for schools that offer the program. Can you please help me?? Thanks

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 18, 2015 7:53 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe there are any Mandarin immersion programs in New Mexico. Parents–tell me if I’m wrong!

  16. March 29, 2015 10:05 am

    Avenues:The World School in New York is a 50% Mandarin immersion starting at Nursery (3’s)

  17. Theresa McCorry permalink
    April 7, 2015 4:24 am

    How do I find Saturday Mandarin schools or classes? Particularly near Northville, Michigan?

  18. susan permalink
    April 8, 2015 10:57 am

    Atlanta Trilingual Academy opened another campus in smyrna, ga. They do offer preschool. My son is 2 and he attends this school. I am wondering if you have come across any immersion schools in south florida? (From west palm area to Miami). Im desperately searching for something like ATA as we may have to relocate.
    Your list is a great tool for parents. Thank you for that.

    • April 25, 2015 5:22 am


      My name is Susan Acker and I am the Director of MindBloom Preschool. A parent in our program sent me information about this site to add our school, but I could not find an email address to email details to the moderator. Please forgive me for posting this information to the forum, but please see details below.

      Thank you,

      Susan Acker

      School Name MindBloom Preschool

      School District name Located in Ward 5 of Washington, DC

      Address 2420 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

      City Washington

      State DC

      Phone 202-681-2013

      Grades at school Pre-K Only

      Public/private/charter? Private and unaffiliated with the public or charter school systems

      Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool) N/A

      Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 90% at least

      Whole school or strand within a school? One strand

      Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)] Simplified

      Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. One Mandarin classroom

      One-way or two-way immersion? One-way immersion

      Website address.

      Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.) Spanish, with japanese and Arabic coming.

      Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? No

      • April 25, 2015 5:23 am

        Sorry, I didn’t capitalize the “J” in “Japanese” on my former posting…

      • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
        April 25, 2015 2:32 pm

        Thanks. I don’t list preschools on the school list, though. Only K-12

  19. April 23, 2015 1:27 pm

    Please add our school to your list – Thank you – Tracy Glick, Global Business Magnet Advisor
    School Name Weaver Elementary

    School District name Garland ISD

    Address 805 Pleasant Valley Road

    City Garland

    State TX, 75040

    Phone 972-494-8311

    Grades at school pre-k to grade 5

    Public/private/charter? public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool) opens August, 2015

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 50/50

    Whole school or strand within a school? strand

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)] ?

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. 22 K, 22 1st for 2015-16

    One-way or two-way immersion? one-way

    Website address.

    Garland ISD: Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership

    Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership – Garland ISD

    Read more…

    Remove preview

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? no

  20. May 28, 2015 8:20 pm

    Please add our school:
    YingHua International School
    33 River Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609) 375-8015
    Preschool (age 2.5 years old) through 8th Grade
    Founded 2007
    We follow the full immersion model: 100% Mandarin instruction for preschool through Kindergarten; 90% Mandarin for 1st grade; 80% for 2nd grade; and so on until 50% Mandarin for 5th grade and above
    Whole school
    Simplified Characters
    1 class per grade, up to 14 students per class
    Two-way immersion
    no other languages offered
    not part of the flag ship program
    Accredited by the MSA-CESS
    Candidate school for the International Baccalaureate PYP Programme
    Contact: Kristin Epstein, Executive Director

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 29, 2015 8:06 am

      I fixed the ZIP code and updated that you’re K – 8, I had you as K-5 before. Thanks,

  21. June 1, 2015 12:52 pm

    There is also Sunrise Drive Elementary School in Tucson AZ that started offering Mandarin Immersion 2 years ago. (Their address: 5301 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718)

  22. Molly permalink
    June 29, 2015 12:56 pm

    Are there any programs near Goshen, Indiana or the surrounding area? My daughter is in a 50% Mandarin program currently and we are considering a move to that are and would like to continue her studies. ~ Thank you

  23. isabel permalink
    August 6, 2015 12:04 pm

    I know this thread is for Full Immersion Mandarin schools. Is there Full Immersion Cantonese school. I’m looking for one in Arizona. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 9, 2015 9:11 am

      None that I know of. The only Cantonese immersion schools I know of are in San Francisco and Sacramento.

  24. August 10, 2015 1:31 pm

    Great list!
    Correction: Mandarin Language Academy in Lakeside is actually Riverview International Academy. Name changed when the charter ended.

    Addition: Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676 Ingraham St., San Diego, CA 92109, 858-273-9070, grades 6-8, public, immersion program begins 9/8/15, 2 periods per day (1 MLA, 1 core subject), strand, 1 classroom?? (haven’t seen enrollment #s, will be more next year), 1 way immersion,

    Addition: Tierra del Sol Middle School, Lakeside, CA 92109, 858-273-9070, grades 6-8, public,, immersion program begins 9/8/15, 2 periods per day (1 MLA, 1 core subject), strand, 1 classroom?? (haven’t seen enrollment #s, will be more next year), 1 way immersion

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 10, 2015 2:03 pm

      Very helpful. Many thanks.

  25. Melissa Taylor permalink
    August 26, 2015 3:19 pm

    Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your efforts in compiling such a through list. An update for my daughter’s school as they are now in a more permanent location.

    Jing Mei Elementary
    12635 SE 56th St.
    Bellevue WA 97006

    Also note that the phone number stayed the same, but the area code is listed incorrectly. Should be 425.


  26. Roberta permalink
    August 31, 2015 7:16 am

    I don’t know if it’s just me (because I’m located in China) or if there’s a problem but I can’t seem to open

    I’m looking for immersion schools in the Los Angeles/ Orange county area of Southern California that has openings for 2nd grade. My daughter was born in China and has attended public school in China but since we’re moving back to my home I need to find a program that she’ll feel comfortable in as a Chinese Born American with a mixed race.

    • December 9, 2015 1:33 pm

      Fletcher Elementary in Orange Unified School District (Orange County) accepts students 2nd-4th grade individually pending a fluency evaluation. Contact Principal Rebeca Nelson at 🙂

    • February 19, 2016 1:50 pm

      Renascence School International is a great trilingual immersion school, plus they specialize in advance academics. Just to give you an example, my 3rd and 4th grader are already learning biology and physics – plus equations using period table. Its such an awesome school, please check them out. They are located in Costa Mesa, CA.

    • Jennifer Pang permalink
      April 8, 2016 6:44 pm

      Have you checked out Marian Bergeson Elementary School in Laguna Niguel (Orange County, Capistrano Unified School District)?

  27. September 17, 2015 11:30 am

    School Name: Pacific Beach Middle: An International Baccalaureate World School

    School District name: San Diego Unified

    Address: 4676 Ingraham St.

    City: San Diego

    State: California

    Phone: 858-273-9070

    Grades at school: 6, 7, 8

    Public/private/charter? Public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): 2015-2016

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English: 33%

    Whole school or strand within a school? Whole-school for qualified students

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)] Simplified

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade: 2 (starting with 6th grade and adding each year)

    One-way or two-way immersion? one-way

    Website address:

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.) Mandarin Chinese Intro, 1-2, 3-4 Spanish for beginners Intro, 1-2, 3-4, and Spanish for Spanish Speakers Intro, 1-2, 3-4

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium?

    Other: Confucius Classroom; International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Pathway Barnard Pacific Asian Language Academy, Pacific Beach Middle IB World School, as students articulate SDUSD Mandarin Immersion program will grow to include Mission Bay High IB World School IB Diploma Program

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      September 17, 2015 11:58 am

      Thanks. On the list.

  28. Deb permalink
    October 4, 2015 8:17 pm

    My daughter is in a Mandarin Immersion school. It is not on your MIP list. Stough Elementary School currently has K and 1st grade Mandarin Immersion. Next year there will be K-2. Public school.

  29. Vanesa permalink
    October 11, 2015 10:03 pm

    Please ADD. Thank you! I am a parent that has a child going to Gateway

    School Name: Gateway School of Language and Culture

    School District name: West Ada

    Address:10901 McMillan Rd.,

    City: Boise

    State: ID 83713

    Phone: 208-855-4475

    Grades at school: K – 5

    Public/private/charter? Magnet

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): 2011

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. – 50%

    Whole school or strand within a school? Immersion program within School

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. 1 class per grade except 4 th & 5th combied

    One-way or two-way immersion?

    Website address.

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? No

  30. Donald permalink
    October 22, 2015 12:21 pm

    There is a Mandarin Immersion program at Oakley Elementary School in Fulton County, Union City, Georgia, 30291. It is a public school that opened fall 2015 with Kindergarten.

    Thanks for this growing list!

  31. Allie Chen permalink
    October 23, 2015 4:35 pm

    School name: Broadway Elementary in LA Unified school district. I went to the school three weeks ago, and the principal told me they are now one-way Mandarin immersion rather than two-way.

    Another school: Field Elementary in Pasadena is actually named Eugene Field Elementary School. When I looked for their School Accountability Report Card in California Department of Education, I was not able to find it if I only type in “Field”. According to my on-site observation couple weeks ago, the Mandarin coordinator told me that they are one-way rather than two-way, due to the lack of native Mandarin speakers enrolled in the school. So basically there are only one large language group (Native English speakers) learning Mandarin. Same reason as Broadway that I mentioned above.

    By the way, thank you so much Elizabeth. I appreciate for your dedication in Mandarin immersion program. I am currently doing my Mandarin immersion research for my MA thesis. Your information helped me A LOTTTTTT!!!!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      October 24, 2015 10:40 am

      Hi Allie,
      Thanks for these updates. I expect that many of the schools that say they’re two-way are in fact de facto one-way because they have very few native Chinese speakers. I’d be curious to hear if schools are considering Cantonese speakers in the native speaker for Mandarin immersion programs, or if they only consider Mandarin speakers as native. And please send along your research when it’s done, I’d love to read it.

      • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
        October 24, 2015 11:00 am

        The school’s been on my list for a few years. Tell us about it? What’s it like? Are you pleased?

      • Allie Chen permalink
        December 3, 2015 12:16 am

        I think schools are considering Cantonese speakers as “partial” native speakers for the Mandarin immersion program, as you might know that Cantonese and Mandarin are using the similar writing system (traditional or simplified) while the oral speaking is mutually unintelligible.
        My MA research is focusing on exploring the key factors that impact the model selection and implementation of a 90:10 or 50:50 Mandarin immersion program. Do you have any idea or any related academic articles in mind?

        Since I just started the volunteering in one of the schools, I am not quite familiar with the schools yet. I will say Broadway Elementary is a very academically rigorous Mandarin program. For Field Elementary, I think 90:10 model is not very common for Mandarin immersion programs in at least Southern California, we need more research on the 90:10 Mandarin immersion programs.

  32. October 31, 2015 10:11 am

    International Montessori Academy (soon will be The International Academy)

    Address: 14929 SE allen rd, Bellevue, WA
    Phone: 425-223-5798
    Private school
    Grade 18m – 6th grade
    Language offered: Mandarin and Spanish
    Simplified Chinese
    Mandarin 50-100% depending on age

    Please add us to your list. We don’t currently have elementary level, but we are adding one starting 2016-2017 school year.

    Thank you!

  33. christy parkinson permalink
    November 2, 2015 11:14 am

    Barrington Consolidated 220 School District offers mandarin immersion at four schools.

    Barbara Rose: you have the info
    Countryside: you have the info

    North Barrington Elementary
    310 North Highway 59 North Barrington, IL 60010
    Program began last year in kindergarten. current cohort is in first grade. there will be two grade levels in mandarin immersion program thru to fifth grade.
    simplified mandarin/ taught 50/50

    Early Learning Center
    Barrington Early Learning Center
    40 E. Dundee Road
    Barrington, IL 60010
    Program at this school is kindergarten only. Simplified mandarin/taught 50/50
    spanish is also offered here.

    Next year our students will be attending Station Middle School. Our oldest students in the cohort will be in middle school. I’ll send that info next year.

    Xie Xie,


  34. Evelina Mendicini permalink
    November 10, 2015 1:47 pm

    Worldspeak in west los angeles
    Is private and has several languages 310-441 5222

  35. November 28, 2015 1:14 pm

    Tremendous thanks for your efforts within the context of the Mandarin parents immersion council! Please add The International Charter School of Atlanta to your immersion program list.
    ICSA is a Georgia State public charter school located in Roswell, GA and available to all state residents.
    Grade levels offered are K-4 in this inaugural year 2015/16; school will increase a grade level each year moving forward to eventually include K -12.
    ICSA offers dual-immersion in Mandarin/Eng German/Eng, French/Eng and Spanish/Eng.
    Kindergarteners spend 80% of their educational day in the immersion language.
    Comprehensive information on the website at

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      November 29, 2015 10:04 am

      So does the school teach simplified or traditional characters? And is it one way or two way immersion (do you have native Mandarin speakers who are learning English as well as native English speakers learning Mandarin?)

  36. Paola permalink
    November 29, 2015 2:34 pm

    Found out how to find Confucius classrooms ,worldwide:

  37. February 19, 2016 2:04 pm

    Need to add:
    Renascence School International Orange County  
    Private School
    Address: 2987 Mesa Verde Dr E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Phone:(714) 783-7070
    Advanced Academics and Trilingual Language Immersion in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English.
    Curriculum inspired by Stanford ME creativity courses and developed at Renascence, drawing from the best curricula around the world, including China, Singapore and South America.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 19, 2016 2:06 pm

      What are the percentages of the day taught in English, Mandarin and Spanish? And does it teach simplified or traditional characters? I’ve called the school in the past to get more information but hadn’t gotten called back.

  38. Jennifer Pang permalink
    April 8, 2016 6:38 pm

    Elizabeth, this list is fantastic! For Marian Bergeson Elementary School, could you please update the following? The city is Laguna Niguel, and it is a one-way immersion program. Thank you!

  39. Evelina Mendicini permalink
    June 10, 2016 1:13 pm

    Braddock dr elementary school
    Starting 2 K classes in 2016-17
    4711 inglewood blvd
    Culver city ca 90230
    50/50 immersion
    310-391 6707
    Principal Eva Lopez

  40. July 30, 2016 7:35 pm

    I am from England and plan to visit Vancouver for a month Sept-Oct 2016. I would like to visit an immersion Mandarin-English preschool (0-4 years old). I would be grateful if you could recommend some pre-schools within travel distance of Vancouver (Canada) that I could visit. Many thanks in anticipation.

  41. September 26, 2016 4:58 am

    Hello, My name is Dominique Sanchies and I’m the Admissions Director at The New Century School in Baltimore, MD. We offer language immersion in Mandarin and Spanish and serve students ages 2 through Middle School. I would like to ascertain how our school could be listed on your website as a premiere language school in Baltimore, MD. Learn more about us by visiting

    Sincere regards,
    Dominique Sanchies
    TNCS | Office of Admissions
    ph | 410-929-4113

  42. September 26, 2016 1:56 pm

    Hello, our school has the following errors:

    Website: (not .com)

    We have two campuses:
    Pre-Primary Campus: 1333 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.
    K-8 Campus: 2125 Jefferson Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703.

    Also please list this as our contact number and email
    Melissa Morgenstern (莫文婷)
    Director of Admissions and Communications: (510) 423-0278

  43. Ana Guzman permalink
    January 5, 2017 10:01 pm

    Washington YuYing Public Charter School needs to be added to this list.

    Name: Washington YuYing PCD
    Address: 220 Taylor Street NE Washington DC 20017


    Grades:prek3-5th grade

    School type: Charter

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      January 5, 2017 10:30 pm

      It’s on the list. It’s been there since the program launched in 2008.

  44. Lili permalink
    February 10, 2017 2:10 am

    School Name – Braddock Drive Elementary School

    School District name – Los Angeles Unified School District

    Address- 4711 Inglewood Blvd

    City- Culver City

    State- CA 90230


    Grades at school – K

    Public/private/charter?- public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool) August 2016

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 50/50

    Whole school or strand within a school? strand within school

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)] – traditional

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. 2

    One-way or two-way immersion?

    Website address.

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 10, 2017 10:05 am

      Appreciate it. They were on the list, but I’d left the K off of Braddock so this is good, it’s now spelled correctly.

      • Vanesa Perkins permalink
        February 13, 2017 3:42 pm

        Please remove Gateway School of Language and Culture from Boise Idaho off your list as they have devolved the program. Due to lack of administrative support and district assistance this program is no longer. So very sad.

        Thank you so much for including this school on your list. Please keep my email though as I would like to still get updates personally

        Thank you

        Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      • January 5, 2018 12:54 am

        I’m curious as to why Boise remains on the revised list. My husband and I considered moving there, until we saw Vanesa say that the program was no longer running due to lack of administrative support and district assistance.

  45. February 10, 2017 10:46 am

    Good morning,
    I noticed the PUC iPrep was not on the list. I provided the info below and hope it can be added to your list. Thanks for mainting this info !

    School Name: PUC International Preparatory Academy
    School District name: LAUSD
    Address: 1800 Colorado BLVD
    City: Los Angeles
    State: CA
    Phone: (866) 531-6048
    Grades at school: K-8 (Beginning with K-1st)
    Public/private/charter?: Charter
    Date the Mandarin immersion program began: Fall 2017
    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English: 90:10
    ( K-2nd 90:10 3rd 70:10 4th-8th 50:50)
    Whole school or strand within a school?: Strand
    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? Traditional
    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade: 1
    One-way or two-way immersion?: Two-Way
    Website address:
    Other languages offered?: Spanish 90:10
    ( K-2nd 90:10 3rd 70:10 4th-8th 50:50)
    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? N/A

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 13, 2017 11:49 am

      Adding to the list.

      • February 15, 2017 1:46 pm

        Thank you very much !

      • May 30, 2017 8:35 am

        Good morning, I noticed that the list has been updated and that iPrep is now on the list, however, no website is listed. Could the info for iPrep be updated with the following website: Thanks for your time and for maintaining this list.

      • Flora permalink
        August 11, 2017 5:53 pm

        I just checked the website for PUCiPrep. The Chinese characters used on their website is Mandarin Simplified. Is it possible to clarify if they are teaching Traditional or Simplified?

      • November 8, 2017 2:10 pm

        Hello Flora. The site does indeed use simplified characters, however, traditional characters will taught. Below you will find the reasoning behind this straight from their charter petition.

        “Mandarin language arts will further be taught through the teaching of traditional characters in lieu of simplified characters. Simplified characters were created with decreased strokes and are predominantly used in Singapore and The People’s Republic of China, whereas traditional characters are more complex and used in Taiwan and Hong Kong. PUC iPrep will start teaching traditional characters to support more complex development of visual cues about meaning and sound, which help students access unfamiliar words. Traditional characters are made up of multiple parts that often stand alone with distinct meanings, allowing students to build a foundation for more complex character and word study. As students progress through the grades, they will be exposed to literature with more simplified characters and be exposed to both traditional and simplified characters.”

  46. March 5, 2017 3:14 pm

    Add South Fork Elementary in Rigby, Idaho to the list!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 5, 2017 3:24 pm

      Thanks, I’d missed that one. I just added it. So there’s a Kindergarten and a first grade class, as well as still being an English strand in the school? And do they used simplified characters, do you know? If the teachers are from China and not from Taiwan than they do. Are they using and specific textbooks?

      • March 9, 2017 12:25 am

        I wish I knew more, but I live in southern Utah. My husband’s family lives up there, and I made a mental note when I heard they were doing Chinese since my two oldest kids are learning Chinese. I’m pretty sure they recently sent someone to China to interview teachers though 🙂

      • March 9, 2017 4:08 pm

        I just called South Fork Elementary in Rigby, Idaho. Their program currently goes through fourth grade, and they will be starting a fifth grade class next year. It has been a very successful program, and they are not worried that it will flop (like the one in Boise, which you can remove from the list, if you haven’t already). They have every intention of following it through to high school graduation. They do have a curriculum, but told me to contact their district office to find out what it is, which I don’t have time to do right now. The principal’s secretary *thinks* they are teaching simplified characters, but she is not sure.

  47. March 29, 2017 4:55 pm

    Please add Mesa Elementary School from Covina-Valley Unified School District CA to the list. Here is the school link:
    Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 30, 2017 5:43 pm

      Just added. Do you know if it will use traditional or simplified characters? And is it 50.50 Mandarin/English time in the classroom? Also, can students enter who speak only English and only Mandarin, or do they have to be English speaking? thanks,

      • April 18, 2017 1:26 pm

        We will use simplified characters and 50/50 model. Students from any language background are welcome. Thank you very much for adding us to the list and thank you for all your effort on establishing this wonderful website.

  48. someexpat permalink
    April 27, 2017 2:10 pm

    There is a Chinese bilingual Korean/Mandarin public school in Seoul, South Korea. I don’t know the specific details, but I have a Korean friend whose children attend. The school was designed to help with the Chinese immigrant population that did not speak Korean, but has become so popular that it is now nearly impossible to get in if you are not a foreigner or already have some Chinese language skills.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      April 27, 2017 3:22 pm

      Found it and added to the list. Thanks for the tip!

  49. Tracy permalink
    May 22, 2017 10:28 am

    Hi. My husband and I are interested in moving to Miami, FL and would like to invest in opening a Mandarin Immersion Private school with a company who already has a successful school in another state. If anyone knows another school that is interested in operating a branch in Miami Fl, please let me know.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 22, 2017 10:39 am

      I’m not sure there are any companies that are running Mandarin immersion schools. Well, actually, I guess Avenues in NY is one. You might want to check in with them. They’re building a campus in Beijing right now, I believe.

    • Susan permalink
      May 26, 2017 10:12 am

      When you start and are running, please let me know so I can send my son there!

  50. Lynette permalink
    June 5, 2017 6:54 pm

    This list of Mandarin Immersion schools is great! Thank you so much for maintaining this! I am trying to find out how many schools teach characters only for the first few years and wait until later to teach pinyin. Do you know how I could find this out?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      June 5, 2017 8:09 pm

      A lot of schools don’t teach pinyin until 2nd or 3rd grade, so that the kids don’t get confused between English spelling and the sounds of each letter and the sounds for pinyin letters. So I’d say it’s the majority that teach them at least a year apart.

  51. Red Clay Parent permalink
    June 10, 2017 10:44 am

    My child is beginning a new Chinese language immersion program in the fall of 2017, with the details I know below.

    School Name Linden Hill Elementary School
    School District name Red Clay Consolidated School District
    Address 3415 Skyline Drive, Wilmington
    City Wilmington
    State 19808
    Phone 302.454.3406
    Grades at school K-5
    Public/private/charter? Public
    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool)
    First class starting 2017-2018 school year
    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 50/50
    Whole school or strand within a school? Strand
    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]
    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. 2 classes
    One-way or two-way immersion? Unknown
    Website address.
    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)
    No other immersion languages, but district has multiple Spanish language immersion programs.
    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? Unknown

    • Red Clay Parent permalink
      June 10, 2017 10:47 am

      I accidentally entered zip code in state. This program is in Delaware.

  52. jessica permalink
    June 15, 2017 8:20 am

    There is also Mulberry House Mandarin Immersion School in Hong Kong

  53. Erin Goldman permalink
    June 19, 2017 12:16 pm

    The Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Manget School formerly in Bellaire, TX has moved a few miles down the road into a new building near the Galleria area in Houston, TX. The correct website is: and the name was shortened to the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School. It is a PreK through 8th grade school. Thanks!!

  54. Gwen Eng permalink
    July 27, 2017 3:23 pm

    The list dated 4-27-17 shows only international schools. Can you repost the US list? Thanks.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      July 27, 2017 8:39 pm

      When you open up the spreadsheet, look on the bottom left-hand corner. You’ll see three tabs – MIP list, International & Cantonese. Just click on MIP list and it will open up for you.

  55. July 31, 2017 7:05 pm

    Camelot Academy of Arts Science and Technology
    815 Esplanade Orange
    Grades pre k to 12
    Mandarin program started 6 years ago immersion 3 years ago
    50 percent plus
    Not part of flagship
    Advanced academics

    Phone 714 602 7794
    Whole school Spanish and Latin available

  56. Andrea West permalink
    September 22, 2017 2:13 pm

    Hi, do you know of any schools in Nashville, TN that teaches mandarin k-5?


    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      November 7, 2017 6:38 pm

      None in Tenn. that I know of.

  57. November 14, 2017 9:32 am

    I have an update for the West Side Elementary, Allegheny County Public School district (Cumberland MD — Row #122 in the Excel sheet): It looks like the links on the school board’s website have changed, so here is the new link to the school’s page:

    Also, the eldest class of kids is now in the 5th grade, and we will have some updates soon on what is happening for grades 6-12 in this school district.

  58. November 15, 2017 6:08 pm

    First, I want to thank you for all the work you have done. This website has provided so much helpful information as we started our East Point Academy project 8 years ago (I am the founding Chair of EPA). There are two EPA listed and both are the same EPA but two different campuses. EPA is current building a 30 million dollar new campus but will still keep the Leaphart campus when the new campus opens next year. Also we are now working on to open two more Mandarin Immersion charter schools for 2018-2019 school year. One of them, East Light Academy is on your list and the other one, East Voyager Academy will be located 7429 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28214. Both school are designed as Prek-8, whole-school focused Mandarin Immersion 75/25 one-way model (so is East Light Academy). Feel free to contact me at (803-931-6078) if you need more information.

    Thank again.

  59. Falynn permalink
    November 18, 2017 6:05 am

    Yes i didn’t see Cleveland campus international, that as well as an immersion school as well and that’s not listed in the list.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      November 19, 2017 2:21 pm

      The Campus International School isn’t actually an immersion school. Students study Mandarin 30 minutes a day, according to the school web site. They don’t take any academic classes (such as math or history) in Mandarin. To be considered an immersion school they would have to spend at least 50% of the school day studying in Mandarin. It looks like a fantastic school, but it’s not immersion.

  60. Lydia Carlson permalink
    November 27, 2017 1:00 pm

    Highland Park H.S. in St. Paul MN is now offering a high school continuation program for mandarin immersion.

  61. December 6, 2017 1:29 pm

    Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for maintaining such a comprehensive blog and database for mandarin immersion schools. Could you please add Shu Ren International School. My name is Melissa Morgenstern and I am the admissions director for the school. We are an independent PreK – G8 school located in Berkeley, California. Our preschool is 100% immersion and our K-8 school uses the Montreal model to introduce English:

    Kinder and Grade 1: 80% Mandarin, 20% English
    Grade 2: 60% Mandarin, 40% English
    Grade 3-5: 50% Mandarin, 50% English
    Grade 6-8: 25%-35% Mandarin, 65%-75% English
    We also start teaching Spanish in G3.

    For more information, please see our website:

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      December 9, 2017 10:36 pm

      ShuRen’s long been on the list.

  62. J. Liu permalink
    February 1, 2018 9:48 pm

    First, I will echo the sentiments of others here: Thank you for compiling this list!

    Just pointing out the need for a minor revision: The official city address for Broadway Elementary (Los Angeles Unified School District) is Los Angeles, not Venice. Venice is a neighborhood within the city of Los Angeles, but the name “Venice” is not an officially postal-designated name for the area.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 10, 2018 5:34 pm

      I’ll fix that, thanks!

  63. February 8, 2018 6:33 pm

    Good Day , Please update the Coronado Elementary with a 2nd website

  64. Helen Hao permalink
    February 12, 2018 7:22 pm

    I would like to konw how many Mandarin / Chinese Immersion Schools and Mandarin / Chinese Immersion Programms there are in the USA. Thanks a lot.

  65. Andy permalink
    March 16, 2018 10:41 am

    I would suggest to put the list on Google docs so that it can stay up-to-date and manage easily.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 16, 2018 11:25 am

      An interesting idea. But it works well for me now. Will consider for the future

  66. August 8, 2018 3:10 pm

    School Name: PS/IS 102Q Bayview School

    School District name: Community School District 24

    Address: 55-24 Van Horn Street

    City: Elmhurst

    State: NY

    Phone: 718-446-3308

    Grades at school: PreK – 8th grade

    Public/private/charter?: Public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): Kindergarten, September 2017 (inaugural class)

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English: 50/50

    Whole school or strand within a school?: strand within a school

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if the word for school is written as 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]: Traditional

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade: one

    One-way or two-way immersion?: two-way

    Website address: ; (school site) ; (NYC DOE school site)

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.): only Mandarin for dual language

  67. Julie Chen permalink
    August 21, 2018 5:50 pm

    I don’t have a school to add but I want to thank you for this. We are looking for a Chinese immersion program for our child and your website has been tremendously informative. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 28, 2018 12:05 pm

      I’m so glad it’s been helpful.

  68. Govind Menon permalink
    November 28, 2018 5:50 pm

    PUC international Charter in Los Ángeles has closed . Florence Nightingale Middle School in LAUSD has added a Mandarin immersion program from 6th to 8th grades .

  69. Olutope Omosegbon permalink
    January 24, 2019 1:25 pm

    I’m having a difficult time determining if there is a program in the DC metro area (especially in Northern Virginia). Will you please help me figure this out?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 1, 2019 10:05 am

      I don’t know of any Mandarin immersion programs in Virginia. In Washington D.C. there’s one, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School. Maryland has several, but I don’t know how close they are to DC:
      Paint Branch Elementary Prince George’s County 5101 Pierce Ave   College Park  MD 
      Braddock Middle School  Allegheny County Public School 909 Holland St. Cumberland  MD 
      West Side Elementary Allegheny County Public School 425 Paca St   Cumberland  MD 
      Reid Temple Christian Academy 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd   Glenn Dale  MD 
      Potomac Elementary School Montgomery County Public Schools 10311 River Rd   Potomac  MD 
      Bayard Rustin Elementary School Montgomery County Public Schools 332 W. Edmonston Drive Rockville  MD 

      • Aquamonkey317 permalink
        July 18, 2019 12:41 pm

        Thank you, I’m just seeing this. 🙂

  70. February 5, 2019 4:14 pm

    Hi, I’d like to update our school. I’m the PTA President and have 2 kids there currently. Allen Lee

    School Name: Field (Eugene) Elementary School

    School District name: Pasadena Unified

    Address: 3600 E. Sierra Madre Bl

    City: Pasadena

    State: CA


    Grades at school: PreK-5 (The mandarin program continues at Sierra Madre Middle School, but is 2 periods of Chinese, out of 6 periods)

    Public/private/charter? Public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool)

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 90/10

    Whole school or strand within a school? Whole

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if the word for school is written as 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)] Simplified

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade. Usually 4 classes in kinder, and transitions to 3 classes around 2nd-4th grade depending on the year.

    Website address.

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.) n/a

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 5, 2019 1:39 pm

      Thanks. Updated

  71. February 6, 2019 9:42 am

    There are several more Mandarin Schools in St George, Utah. Arrowhead Elementary, Horizon Elementary, Santa Clara Elementary, Three Falls Elementary, Hurricane Intermediate, Lava Ridge Intermediate, and Tonaquint Intermediate. 50/50 strand simplified.

  72. Heather Bullock permalink
    March 9, 2019 12:00 pm

    We are considering moving to a state that does not have a mandarin immersion program. I have loved having our son in the program. I have 3 more sons that I want to have the opportunity of an immersion program. How would I start the process of chartering a school or asking the district to consider starting the program? Do you have any contacts for people who have founded these programs?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 10, 2019 11:54 am

      It’s a long and difficult process. You might want to ask on Facebook, go to the Mandarin Immersion Parent Support group and sign up. It can be done, but takes time and a whole lot of patience…

  73. Fan Wang permalink
    May 4, 2019 10:23 am

    Do you know of any Mandarin immersion schools that might sponsor a prospective native Chinese teacher for H1b temporary work visa? I will have my Masters and teaching certificate by Apr 2020.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 10, 2019 3:35 pm

      There are many schools across the United States that use teachers on H1b visas, but it’s difficult to find them. You might ask on the Facebook Mandarin Immersion Parent group and see if any parents know if their school is hiring.

    • May 17, 2019 2:45 pm


      Our school sponsors Mandarin teachers on the H1-B visa and have done so since 2014. We are a full immersion school in Washington, DC that teaches a strand of Mandarin to children beginning in PK. We just expanded our school to go to the 5th grade. Our school is private and small. Please contact me at if you would like to learn more. We usually sponsor one committed student each year. Thank you.

    • May 17, 2019 10:06 pm

      Fan Wang, try calling our district dual immersion coordinator. She is always looking for and hand-picking good teachers to bring to our area! I don’t know all the details…doesn’t hurt to ask!

      Dual Immersion Coordinator
      Marybeth Fuller
      T: 435-673-3553 x 5183

  74. Nancy benner permalink
    May 17, 2019 12:25 am

    I have a granddaughter who will be with me in St George for the summer. Is there a program that would allow her to continue her learning while with me?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 17, 2019 7:44 am

      St. George, Utah? You might try the Utah Mandarin Immersion Parents Council website:

      • May 17, 2019 10:04 pm

        There are a few Mandarin summer camps in St. George over the summer, if they aren’t full. Call Susan Belnap @ 435-669-7989. My kids are doing them. I’ve heard nothing but good things!

  75. murad celikkol permalink
    October 3, 2019 5:47 pm

    Please add our school:
    Marian Bergeson Elementary School
    25302 Rancho Niguel Rd,
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    (949) 643-1540

    kindergarden-fifth grade
    Kindergarten; 80% Mandarin for 1st grade; 80% 2nd grade; %70 : 3nd/4th/5th grade :50%
    Capistrano Unified School District

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      December 15, 2019 5:37 pm

      It’s on the list.

  76. Karenmaria Melendez permalink
    December 12, 2019 5:25 pm

    Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is K-12 with an IB program located in Hadley, MA

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      December 14, 2019 6:16 pm

      Yup, they’re on the list. Have been for almost a decade. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with some of the staff as well. It’s an impressive school.

  77. Mary permalink
    February 26, 2020 7:36 pm

    We are fortunate to have access to partial immersion elementary schools (lottery based), but I have heard progress is poor for Mandarin as the kids don’t speak enough to make real strides in fluency (especially relative to the full immersion Spanish and French language programs run by the county). Do you have a list of full immersion programs? We are located in the DC-Maryland area, but are considering moving before my daughter starts kindergarten. (We both work from home and have the flexibility.)

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 27, 2020 8:15 am

      There’s a full list on this blog, under Mandarin Immersion School List. One of the columns is whole school (100%) or strand (between 50-100%) time in Mandarin.
      That said, there is no data showing that a 50/50 program (time in Mandarin, time in English) results in poorer outcomes than a 100% program. and they ALL end up at 50% by 5th grade. In middle school it’s 30% Mandarin. Partial and full immersion are really not good descriptive terms. Any program with more than 50% time in Mandarin K-5 is immersion. Anything less is FLES (foreign language in elementary school) and yes, it probably doesn’t teach much. But if you’ve got actual subject-matter classes (i.e. math, science, social studies) being taught entirely in Mandarin, you’re good to go.

  78. April 9, 2020 5:37 pm

    Due to COVID 19 breakout, we are offering free chinese story time for nationwide kids, do you know how we can spread this new to all mandarin immersion schools? thanks.

    • Suzi permalink
      April 10, 2020 5:31 pm

      Hi Tina,
      Where you are doing sounds awesome. My son attends a Mandarin immersion school that goes from kindergarten to 8th grade. If you send me the link I can send it to his teacher and she can share the information throughout the school.

      • Tina Dong permalink
        April 12, 2020 4:53 pm

        Hi Suzi,

        please check our website for more details:


      • Suzi permalink
        April 12, 2020 6:27 pm

        Great thank you!!

      • Eric Hsu permalink
        July 15, 2020 12:37 am

        Hi Suzi,
        With the Covid-19 situation, our company ( works with Chinese immersion schools to provide at-home reading supports. If you have time, I would like to invite you to check out our materials (free code: SUMMER2020) to see if it would be resourceful to parents of your school. Thank you!

      • Suzi permalink
        February 13, 2021 9:19 am

        Thank you! I will check it out.

  79. Joy Chen permalink
    February 21, 2021 11:34 pm

    Does anyone have suggestions on how to start a Mandarin Immersion Program with a school? Thank you!

    • Susan Banks permalink
      March 21, 2021 1:35 pm

      Hello Ms. Chen. Our moderator, Ms. Weise has written a wonderful book about Mandarin Immersion programming and it tackles the very question you ask.

      However, as a school administrator that has started schools that teach multiple languages, including Mandarin, I know for a fact that good communication with parents and a great plan for the implementation of the program are the best ways to get this done. I am on the East Coast, but will be expanding my schools to another part of the country, but I know that the parents who support our school are the best resource for how our schools have grown. They have been very vocal about their needs, which has helped me shape my program, even though I already had a vision.

      Also, being open-minded is also key because you really need to be cognizant of what families are looking for. Not all families have the same needs with the program, so your ability to have outreach with them will be super important.

      Also, speaking with school districts is important, but again, I think the most important components are parent groups, like PTOs, PTAs and other family committees. These are the people I have found, who have the most influence and parents who are really active at their children’s schools, typically are ones who know all of the important people making decisions about schools.

      I really do not like bureaucracy and politics in what I do, so I started independent multi-lingual schools. I have primarily been able to get my programming into public and charter schools by networking with parents, who had become acquainted with our school in other ways. I have found that with the way I have worked this, few schools have wanted to contribute financially for teachers to be paid, so parents have had to pay. When you do your parent outreach, you will definitely have a conversation about costs because somebody will have to pay for the programming 😉 Just because people cannot pay, does not mean they do not deserve to have access–there may even be people willing to provide Mandarin language services for free, but with this, I would be worried about consistency. Free is fine, but if the ultimate goal is for children to be able to acquire the language, there should be only committed people who are reliable and capable to provide instruction and this most times, comes with a cost.

      Overall, it’s a very worthy venture, but it is hard. it is one of the most hardest things I have ever had to do in my life, honestly.

      You will also need to be able to network well with prospective teachers who can teach the demographic you are attempting to serve. Just because someone speaks the language and has education, does NOT mean that they will be capable of teaching your demographic. We begin enrollment at our school at age 2 and in the beginning, we had gone through countless teachers in all of the language programs because the teachers were not a fit, but I think we got it right after the first 3 years and we are now in year 8! I think teacher selection is the next most important thing to consider, aside from outreach with families and schools.

      There is so much more to starting a Mandarin or other language program, but as a founder and administrator who is still active in my schools, there are the immediate things that jump out at me because they are the things I have been challenged with, the most.

      I hope this can help you think about how to set up you plans for a Mandarin program.

    • Susan Banks permalink
      March 21, 2021 1:41 pm

      Apologies for any typos/incorrect grammar. It’s Sunday afternoon and I have been working all day and am a little tired now 🙂

  80. July 27, 2021 8:33 pm

    School Name: Yi Hwang Academy of Language Excellence (YHALE)

    School District name: Georgia State-wide Charter school, located in Gwinett county

    Address: 4550 River Green Parkway, Suite 100&200

    City: Duluth

    State: GA

    Phone: (404) 623-0003

    Grades at school: K-5

    Public/private/charter?: Charter

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): Jan. 2020

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English: 50/50 model

    Whole school or strand within a school?: whole school

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if the word for school is written as 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]: simplified characters

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade: kindergarten- 3, 1st-2, 2nd-2, 3rd-1, 4th-1, 5th-1

    Website address:

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.): Korean

  81. Martin Jackson permalink
    April 9, 2022 11:26 am

    School Name: Bloomington Elementary

    School District name: Washington County


    425 Man O War Road
    Saint George, Utah 84790

    Phone: 435-673-6266

    Grades at school: k-5 dual immersion 1-5

    Public/private/charter? Public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool) no. Actually 1-5

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 50%

    Whole school or strand within a school? Lottery entrance so not sure how to answer.

    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if the word for school is written as 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]. Son hasn’t started so not sure.

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade.

    Website address:

    Other languages offered? Just chinese

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      April 20, 2022 3:35 pm

      Yup, it’s on my list.

  82. Huu Ho permalink
    May 27, 2022 4:27 am

    Fletcher elementary school, Orange Unify School district is not in the list

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      June 3, 2022 2:13 pm

      It is actually. Fletcher Elementary, Orange County Unified. It’s number 80.

  83. sommer permalink
    June 21, 2022 8:32 am

    Does anyone know a good school in London? I don’t see one listed on the immersion list, but is there something that is decent?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      June 22, 2022 6:57 am

      There’s only one I know of, Kensington-Wade. It’s private and abut $25,000 a year.
      I don’t know of any others in the UK.

      • sommer permalink
        June 22, 2022 8:51 am

        Thank you, that is what I have been finding as well.

    • nairbv permalink
      June 22, 2022 6:58 am is in the list. It’s a fee-paying school but AFAIK it’s the only mandarin immersion school in England.

  84. Sean permalink
    July 9, 2022 1:46 pm

    Are there any Mandarin immersion primary schools in Melbourne Australia in addition to: and

  85. August 14, 2022 9:00 pm

    Just want to say thank you. I’m a parent and plan to have my kiddos attend immersion starting kinder. I’m not surprised to see how much the list has grown in the last decade.

  86. November 7, 2022 4:36 pm

    West County Mandarin School has moved from Richmond, CA to Pinole, CA. It is growing into a K-6 elementary school. For the 2022-23 school year it is K-5. There will be a middle school program, but it is unclear yet where it will be. The website for the school is (The district website is not updated.) Also, the program is now a 50-50 model. Thanks!

  87. Paige permalink
    March 17, 2023 5:07 pm

    Hi, I am so glad that we are have more and more great immersion programs here in the States!

  88. Summer He permalink
    March 27, 2023 8:34 am

    Hi, thank you so much for the list, I am a mandarin teacher. And this list is great for me to find a mandarin teaching job.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 27, 2023 8:47 am

      I’m glad it’s helpful.


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